Home UVB v Hospital UVB Therapy
In a world full of social media were image appears to be the main focus, people today will undergo treatments to to achieve their fullest potential. Treatments vary from the minor skin peels or fake tanning to the more gruelling surgical procedures. Unfortunately some people suffer skin conditions which are difficult to treat and have no long term cure.
A growing increase in psoriasis sufferers are seeking treatments that are currently time consuming and essentially only quick fixers. Here at Anytime UVB we offer an alternative home treatment solution that not only saves time and money but allows you to have the treatment in the comfort of your own home.
How does light therapy work?
Ultra violet is made up of different wave lengths. Two specific forms are used during light therapy. Ultra violet A and ultraviolet B. UVA is natural sunlight that causes your skin to tan. UBV is the main cause of sunburn. In light therapy these forms are used in a controlled way to make them safe, as narrowband UVB only uses a small amount of the UVB radiation. Doctors recommend this version as it avoids harmful wavelengths. It is also more intensive than broadband spectrum which results in treatment times being shorter.
As Psoriasis becomes more common, educating the public on what is on offer becomes more important. Those who have access to UVB treatment at their local dermatology unit, a course usually entails three visits each week for a period of eight to ten weeks. It works by calming down the immune overreaction in the skin. The ultraviolet light stops your skin from getting further inflamed; it also limits the overproduction of skin cells that build up the hard flakey patches that cover parts of the body or in some cases can cover large surface areas. It can clear various skin conditions but is a not a permanent cure so is well known as a continuous treatment.
Is Home UVB Phototherapy safe?
If you are one of the many sufferers unable to take up hospital treatment does this mean you have to miss out and live with the condition. Not according to many published research studies who say;
Narrowband UVB phototherapy administered by you, at home is equally safe and equally effective as ultraviolet B phototherapy administered through a hospital.
Useful research has been published in the British Medical Journal titled:
The objective of the report was to determine whether UVB light treatment administered at home is equally safe and equally effective as UVB light treatment, in an outpatient setting for patients with psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.
The report concluded, UVB light treatment administered at home is equally safe and equally effective, both clinically and for quality of life, as ultraviolet B phototherapy administered in an outpatient setting. Furthermore, ultraviolet B phototherapy administered at home resulted in a lower burden of treatment and led to greater patients satisfaction.
The most common trigger for psoriasis sufferers is stress and home treatment reduces a lot of the anxiety associated with hospital treatment such as booking treatment days off for 8 weeks and travelling to hospital etc
Anytime Sunbeds Ltd are the only hirers of UVB narrowband units for the treatment of psoriasis in the South Yorkshire area.